I'm going to review the first four books of this series as a "set" since they contain a world story arc that carries through them and most readers will prefer to have all four on hand before starting the series. This is the first book in the Riley Jenson Guardian series, which are paranormal romances set in Melbourne, Australia. Arthur does an excellent job of balancing the paranormal and the romance elements of the story and, while the moon cycle sexual responses of the werewolves echo a bit of LKH's "ardeur", Arthur pulls it off much more smoothly. The paranormal elements are well thought out with a few nice twists to standard mythos. Characters are well drawn, though a bit unbelievably perfect at times. Each book does have a standalone plot with a satisfying conclusion, but as I mentioned, there is a "world arc" that carries through all four books.
This was a good mix of paranormal mystery and romance. At times I worried that Riley's urges would hinder her, but she was able to use them to her advantage or resist them when she needed to. I also liked many of the characters, specifically Riley, Quinn, Rhoan, Jack and Liander. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Kissing Sin.
Kim C. (kontessa) reviewed Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson, Guardian, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 5
When I first started this book I was wondering if it was going to be worth my while. It started out with a government agency that worked with non-humans. The book I read right before was "White Witch Black Curse" and it also had that element. It was a smooth and easy read though and the back story of twin wolves born into a pack that kicked them out for being half breeds caught my interest. Soon after something else caught my interest and had me blushing in the night in my bed with my little book like hoping my husband would not wake up to see my dirty delight. It was sexual to say the least and fed my dark desires very well. Though it had a great deal to do with sex, that alone did not carry the book. The plot was interesting and twisted just right and though in the end it left me wanting, but satisfied. The book at the end told of the next 3 in this series and so I have hope that more dirty nights to come. The con I have for this book is that it did not give much information about the world and how the un-humans came out of the closet or when. It was futuristic and did not give a good time line. I hope the other books fill it in more. In the end I have found a new writer to love and that is not easy!
Between Riley and her twin brother (Rhoan)there seems to be some kind of "scary-type" danger around every corner. How they manage to get out of all this trouble can be scary or humerous. She resists her boss' invitation to become a full-time warrior, yet does the work anyway.
The characters in this book feel like friends after reading and one doesn't quite want to let them go...until the next book!
This book has IT ALL!! An awesome plot and story as well as all kinds of hot and steamy sex scenes. Its hard to find an author who can blend the two so flawlessly!!! Im excited to see what happens next with Riley and Quinn so I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!!
This was a nice mixture of paranormal mystery and romance. After reading the Anita Blake series(Laurell K. Hamilton) I wansn't sure anything would compare but I did enjoy it, the supernatural, mystery, and romance.
The first in a series of four books about Riley Jensen, Guardian (spy). She's a rare hybrid of vampire and werewold. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat - the phase where her need to mate becomes all-consuming. This story starts off with her twin brother, Rhoan being taken hostage. The sex is very free in this book. The storyline isn't bad. This passed a pleasant afternoon in reading but I am not really that motivated to read the next three and find out what happens.
This is a real good book, I would recommend it. It has sex, fighting, Fast cars, dress-up, and lots more. Riley Jenson, her twin and friends fight the bad paranormal beings. This book would be good for those that like Anita Blake series, some erotic sex, but not as much.
I enjoyed this book...but partly because it is part of a series. As I have read additional books, the main charactar has developed well. There is perhaps more explicit sex than I enjoy, or more than is really necessary...but I skim over those parts, and enjoy the plot development, and imagining "what if"...there were such a variety of creatures around me.
Riley works in the office of the doctorate her brother comes up missing and she goes looking for him feeling she is the only one who can save him. She has a week before the full moon when her sexual drive is out of control. Her twin is an assassin for the doctorate. She has a couple of lovers but being a rare hybrid half werewolf half vamp she has a first hand chance of see that any supernatural species can be in danger set is Melbourne,Australia.
Riley Jensen and her twin brother, Rhoan, are werewolf/vampire hybrids. They both work for the Directorate, an organization that polices supernaturals. Now Rhoan has disappeared and Riley fears he will be killed like many other Guardians if she doesn't find him. But someone is out to stop her when she is attacked by a werewolf who bears a striking resemblance to a Guardian vampire. Riley is rescued by Quinn, a vampire who needs to talk to Rhoan. They team up to find her brother, and discover who is cloning werewolves.
The first couple of chapters of this book really pulled me into the story. Riley seemed like a woman caught between two different worlds and not fitting neatly into either of them. But Riley, like all werewolves in this book, suffers from "moon fever" one week out of the month where she craves non-stop sex above anything else. Just when the mystery of what happened to Rhoan was getting interesting, Riley would stop to have sex with one of her two mates and the story would grind to a halt. This pretty much ruined what could have been a good book. Riley began to feel more like a skank and less like a heroine in my eyes.
Quinn is sexy, mysterious, and doesn't trust werewolves. I liked him from his introduction into the story and know he will eventually fall in love with Riley. I'm just not sure I will continue the series to see it happen. My rating: 3 Stars.
I have been resisting this author, fully expecting her books to be of the smutty jump-on-the-paranormal-bandwagon type. I was quite surprised to enjoy the story, and although it won't be on my keeper shelf, I will be looking to read the rest of the series. Riley Jenson and her twin brother Rhoan are a rare and unknown half-vampire, half-werewolf hybrid. They both work for the Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, which polices the activities of supernaturals. When Rhoan disappears while on a case, Riley, who is only an office worker but whose boss has been trying to get her to join her brother as a guardian, is pressed into investigating. But it's not easy as she is in her moon-heat, which is terribly distracting and makes it difficult to resist the attractive vampire who shows up on her doorstep looking for her brother too. Reluctantly joining forces with him, they uncover a plot of genetic manipulation which could unleash a force of monsters on the city. Though Riley exasperatingly can't seem to see the betrayal that's right in front of her face, and the vampire Quinn is eye-rollingly stubborn in fighting the deep connection he has with her because a werewolf broke his heart once, the characters on the whole are easy to sympathize with, the sex has its place in the story and is unapologetically entertaining without being overbearing, the mystery intriguing, and the story sprinkled with enough action to excite. All in all pretty enjoyable.
This is book one in a nine book series. It was a slow starter for me but once I got interested in the characters, it really took off. Now I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Reminds me of LKH Anita Blake but with a tighter story and crisper writing. This is a refreshing take on the werewolf and vampire mythology:: supernatural creatures are "out of the closet", they are part of society and part of the legal system. Sex is part of the culture of the werewolves. Having sex is a daily activity like eating, having sex for information is part of the job, having sex with multiple partners is normal and expected. So if you don't want to read a book about characters who have a lot of sex, this series is probably not for you! .
My biggest complaint about the story is when Riley is basically raped but still physically enjoys the sex because she can't help it. I don't really get when authors do that "betrayed by my body" thing. Rape is not enjoyable and nonconsensual sex leaves emotional scars - even if you know your partner. A lot of authors do this, Keri Arthur isn't the fist, and it just bugs me. Not enough to ruin the story, but troubling nonetheless.
Full Moon Rising is a fast paced story that kept me interested. I had a hard time putting it down as it never got boring. It is also very erotic and full of heated sex scenes. Since erotic books aren't normally my thing, I won't try and judge that part, I will just say that they are most defiantly steamy. This isn't just a "trashy novel"; however, it is a very good book with a great story.
Sarah L. (Dawa) reviewed Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson, Guardian, Bk 1) on
First, be warned, this is NOT a romance novel. At least not in the traditional, nationally bestselling mold. It certainly bears resemblance to the current crop of paranormal romances, but it is more akin to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake novels than to the vampire romances written by Christine Feehan or Sherrilyn Kennyon. I don't think I've ever read a book where, after the first third, the sex was boring. Situation after situation and it got very old very fast.
However, once you get past all that, it does have potential to be a very entertaining dark, urban fantasy. Just don't expect any romance.
More of a paranormal thriller than my usual paranormal romance. I don't like my heroines to be as hard as Riley.It took me longer to read because I could put down. I do plan to get the rest of the series just because I'm caught up in the story now and I'm hoping Riley gets a little softer.
I requested this book because I read reviews here on PBS and was very intrigued by the blurbs. I enjoyed the story and have requested the next book in the series. The premise is similar to other series I enjoy but it has twists that make for and enjoyably different read. If you are looking for a good series read, I think we have found one.
The first in a series of four.
Riley Jenson is a gorgeous werewolf with a touch of vampire in her blood who works for an organization created to police the supernatural races. Since she is more wolf than vampire she is vulnerable to the moon heat and the need to mate becomes all consuming. When her twin brother is missing she must try to stay focused on finding him even when a gorgeous, naked vampire increases her need to mate as the moon approaches its fullness.
I found it very teedious! Way too much unemotional sex, with way to many people. I get wanting someone who is HOT, but not because you have no choice even if they are rapeing you. Nope this series isn't for me taht is for sure.
I like all my sex scenes to be willing and wanting, with at least a decent plot to go with it. This one sucked.
I had to mark this book only 2 stars. It has too much sex and not enough story. It's quite a shame, as the author is very talented and has a lot of potential. Ms. Arthur, chill out on the sex a little and give us more story!
I could have done without the constant reminder that the main character was a vampire/werewolf mix (I got it already!) but I liked the interaction and will most likely read the second book of the series.
I too am going to review these first four books together.
Although I admit this series is well-written, and I have in fact read them...I cannot help but wonder why. Pretty much because they are sitting here and I want to swap them out. But I'm tempted to quit reading and just send them away, because they are so dark. I don't get books where the emphasis is on how ugly you can make it. The sex is ugly. The story is ugly. The people are for the most part ugly, with only occasional redemptions. And every book leaves me thinking, why did I put up with all that (insert more appropriate word here)ick?!
This is NOT a fantasy...nor a normal paranormal. This is a paranormal, horror, suspense. As the series progresses, it gets uglier. So if you don't like BDsm and women begging to be beat literally to death during demon sex...you've been warned.
I gave the book 3.5 stars simply because I respect and appreciate authors that can actually write! I'd probably give it an B+ if I was grading it (quite a few cliches and lots of repetition). But I sure didn't like it!
Loved it! I was glad to see the author has many other books out there already, although this might be the first in this particular series. The "love" scenes were almost as good as those experienced by "Anita Blake" and were almost as frequent, altho a teeny bit less graphic. And the actual plot kept me riveted between times.
A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races - and protect humans from their depredations....
A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson is just trying to find her place in the world. And it's not always easy for a woman like herself, especially when her work -- for an organization created to police the supernatural races -- brings her face-to-face with some of the sexiest men imaginable. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat: the phase when her need to mate becomes all-consuming. But when her twin brother Rhoan is taken hostage. Riley must stay focused -- even when an extremely seductive, deliciously naked, and very disoriented vampire shows up on her doorstep looking for Rhoan. Now she'll have to control her urges if she's going to find her brother..because the people who took Rhoan have another target in mind: Riley!